Boston Globe places columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave

April 20, 2018 - 5:34 pm

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Globe has placed columnist Kevin Cullen on paid leave as an examination of his work is conducted.

The paper said Friday it's asking a third party to conduct the probe. The Globe didn't detail what prompted the review.

The Globe was awarded a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings the year before. Cullen was a finalist for commentary.

Boston sports radio station WEEI has pointed to what it described as inconsistencies in Cullen's coverage.

WEEI noted a column in which Cullen wrote about how horrifying it was "to watch as first responders frantically pulled metal barriers" to get to the injured.

WEEI says Cullen in a subsequent interview says he was one mile away from the finish line when the bombs went off.

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